Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Due to more than a decade of armed conflict and civil unrest, Chechnya is among the settings most affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance worldwide.1 We undertook this study to assess the magnitude and describe epidemiologic patterns of injuries and deaths due to landmines and unexploded ordnance in Chechnya.
We obtained data on landmine and unexploded ordnance injuries in Chechnya from 1994 through 2005 from the United Nations Children's Fund and Voice of the Mountains, a Chechen nongovernmental organization.
Bilukha OO, Tsitsaev Z, Ibragimov R, Anderson M, Brennan M, Murtazaeva E. Epidemiology of Injuries and Deaths From Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance in Chechnya, 1994 Through 2005. JAMA. 2006;296(5):512-518. doi:10.1001/jama.296.5.516-b